Harley-Davidson | Is this the all new 300 cc sportster from Harley-Davidson?
Is this the new 300 cc sportster from Harley-Davidson? | photo credit: cycleworld
Harley-Davidson had signed a pact with the Chinese group Qianjiang (parent company of Benelli) to venture into the small and medium capacity market. The idea behind this partnership was to transform Harley-Davidson (HD) into a more diverse brand with accessible bikes for several international markets, particularly Asia. But that was former HD CEO Matt Levatich and a lot has changed since he was replaced by Jochen Zeit. The latter, rather than expanding Harley to other markets, ended its operations in several countries to focus on rewarding markets. However, the partnership with Qianjiang still stands, but the collaboration seems to have taken a slightly different turn. Harley-Davidson previously worked on the 338R bare streetfighter with Qianjiang. Powered by a 338cc twin, this motorcycle was to rest on the chassis of the Benelli 302S. But based on recent media reports, Harley and Qianjiang have ditched the 338R and switched to another 300cc motorcycle that more closely matches the DNA of the American motorcycle maker. Word on the street is that Qianjiang and Harley are working on a twin-cylinder sportster dubbed the SRV 300.
The Chinese motorcycle maker has apparently applied for documentation of this new bike, but sketches of the SRV 300 have surfaced on the interweb, revealing crucial information about this bike. Initially, the Harley-Davidson SRV 300 (or whatever it will be called at time of production) looks like a muscular retro-sportsman with a round headlight flanked by sturdy forks, wide handlebars, a shaped fuel tank. teardrop and a bobber-style seat with the elongated rear fender. The blackened mechanical end caps also give the bike a sporty appeal.
The next Harley-Davidson SRV 300 gets inverted forks, dual rear shocks, swingarm, front and rear disc brakes. Like recent HD bikes, even this one is likely to have a TFT dashboard with Bluetooth for smartphone connectivity and turn-by-turn navigation. The bike, in all likelihood, will be powered by a 300cc V-twin engine producing around 30 horsepower.